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6 Genius Ways To Create Drama With Your Décor — Part 3

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Part 3 – Textiles and Technology

Think rich

By rich we mean textures. When it comes to textiles in a dramatic room, luxurious fabrics are a must. They should also be used amply because they add warmth and depth to a space. Good choices are brocade curtains, antique quilts, chenille chairs, velvet settees, leather sofas, and so forth.

Look for ways to incorporate as many textiles as possible. The room will look far more elaborate if there numerous textures and designs. Try including pillows, tapestries, blankets, and ottomans. Another nifty way to accomplish this is with a thick luxurious carpet. High pile, real wool carpeting in a color such as plum would do wonders! Carpets are also available in patterns so you could take it up another notch with a dramatically patterned carpet.


The modern world revolves around technology and entertainment so including this consideration is way to make your dramatic space state of the art. When selecting electronics to include buy the best that you can afford. For example, mount an oversized television on the wall and cleverly disguise the cords so that is aesthetically pleasing. Increase the enjoyment factor of the television by installing a top-notch surround system.

If your dramatic space happens to be an office, purchase a high tech monitor that makes the space feel like an awesome “headquarters.” Again, big sound is dramatic so use excellent speakers with your computer. If you are adding drama to a kitchen, try including a futuristic home monitoring system. You can now buy systems that do everything from control exterior surveillance cameras to tell you the status of your preheating oven. There are even “smart refrigerators” that feature USB ports, built-in wi-fi connectivity, and an iOS app. Seriously? You bet! They really exist.

Don’t forget to go back and read Parts 1 and 2!

The Positive Psychology of Color – Part 3: Bold Colors

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How to use color to convey in interior design

Now that we’ve discussed both light and dark colors it’s time to step up the excitement and learn how to use bold colors to create a mood in a room! As mentioned in Parts 1 and 2, color has a dramatic effect on space. It influences energy, emotional response, and overall enjoyment. Perhaps you’re already savvy or perhaps this is your first exposure to this method. Either way, our series of guides to the power of specific colors is sure to aid in creating a space that you adore. If your goal is for others to adore it as well then all the better!

An important consideration is to think about the way combining colors changes things. For example, if you use just bright red and bright pink in a room it might feel energetic and festive, but after awhile that could seem like too much. So, try incorporating golden yellow so it also feels comfortable. You can control this even further by minimally using the colors that evoke stronger responses, and liberally using colors that are inherently mellower. 

Blue Purple – contemplative, meditative, spiritual, soul-searching, intuitive, mysterious, enchanting

Bright Red – exciting, energizing, passionate, hot, dynamic, provocative, dramatic, powerful, courageous, assertive, impulsive, adventurous, spontaneous, motivating

Bright Pink – exciting, playful, attention-getting, high energy, wild, tropical, festive, vibrant

Bright Yellow – illuminating, joyful, hot, lively, friendly, luminous, enlightening, energetic, sunshine, innovative, aware, surprising

Ginger – spicy, flavorful, tangy, pungent, exotic

Golden Yellow – nourishing, buttery, tasty, sun, hospitable, comforting

Lavender – romantic, nostalgic, fanciful, light

Lime – fresh, citrusy, youthful, refreshing

Red Purple -thrilling, intense, exciting, dramatic, creative, expressive

Tangerine – vitality, fruitfulness, energizing

Turquoise infinity, compassionate, protective, faithful, water, coolness, sky, gemstone, tropical, oceans

How To Let Your Husband Be Part Of the Home Decorating Plan

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Let’s face it ladies, when it comes to home décor we want to be the queen of the castle! How many stories have your friends shared wherein the moment they tied the knot “his stuff” was the featured items at the next garage sale? While this is sure to illicit a giggle on your part, it isn’t necessarily realistic. When two people share a home they both deserve to love the space they’re in. However, combining styles can be the ultimate challenge if you have very different tastes.

  1. Begin by both agreeing to accept the idea of décor that is eclectic. Eclectic décor is by definition a unified representation of varied styles. If you both embrace the fact that things won’t look too polished or perfect you’ll be off to a great start!
  2. Come up with an agreed upon color pallet and keep it simple. Color is a great place to start with any decorating scheme, and when you’re combining styles it’s an easy base from which to work. This doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Find colors you both love and be creative. Just make sure you both know the plan and then if you go shopping separately everything you bring home will coordinate.
  3. Let him have fun with texture. Guys often like things with varied textures and there are endless design options that are beautiful and even elegant. A rough texture wood coffee table or a slick granite counter top would be great addition to any home and would also likely be his cup of tea.
  4. Try the long-trusted interior design ratio of 80/20. Designers agree for the most part that if 80% of a room’s design coordinates, 20% of it can be a bit of a free for all. How to divide this? Rather than 80% you and 20% him, try agreeing on 80%. Then each take a 10% creative license with the rest.
  5. If you still can’t quite agree to disagree a little, try dividing up the house. If he’s the king of the kitchen and you’re the dame of the den, divide and conquer!

Unique Ideas To Make Your Bathroom Your Favorite Room In the House

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Part 1 – Inspiration

Gone are the days when functionality was the rule of thumb for bathroom design. Bathrooms are now one of the top two reasons why people buy a home (the other is the kitchen,) and people are seeking a space that is just as welcoming and comfortable as the rest of the house. This is primarily true of the master bath as it is the bathroom that gets the most extended use.

So, how do you transform your master bathroom from a well designed room into your favorite room in the house? By turning your attention to unusual ideas for personalization! In this six-part series we are going to share some fabulous ideas about how to accomplish the goal. Some of our suggestions are standard fare, but most of these ideas show you how to create a space in ways you’ve never considered. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on to learn how it’s done. The posts are short and to the point so you’ll whiz through all six posts in no time!

Inspiration – People typically think of an office or kitchen as the ideal place to feature inspirational elements. We suggest the bathroom. It’s the place that you both start and end your day. Morning and evening are excellent times to be reminded of your dreams and ambitions. Here are two great ways to incorporate motivation into your bathroom.

Hang wall art that features inspirational quotes and messages. Home design trends brought these pieces to the forefront a few years ago, so it is now easy to find them in mainstream stores. They are typically available in three formats. Framed artwork, canvas with no frame, and adhesive wall stencils. 

You can also hang artwork that represents where you want to be in the next five years. Visualization is an enormously effective way to realize your dreams. Seeing what you want makes you want it more and that makes you work harder. Now, imagine seeing it at least twice every day! Over the course of one year that’s 720 exposures to the desires of your heart. An example of what to feature is a wall hanging of a place where you want to move. Perhaps you feel that your dream life simply isn’t possible unless you live in Colorado. Hang a large print of a gorgeous image of Colorado and get a little further along with you’re your plan each day by seeing it. Another idea is to feature artwork that represents a skill you want to develop. Let’s say you are obsessed with becoming a photographer. Hang a large print that features vintage cameras or an abstract painting of a photographer at work.  

Next read Part 2 – Goals

Color Pallet: Rainbow Valley – Children’s Room

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If you’re the kind of individual who is no stranger to decorating her home, there’s a good chance you might be getting bored with the process. Either you’re out of ideas, or your usual resources, websites and magazines, are no longer inspiring you. Although they’re helpful, traditional resources for design ideas share one common drawback: the photos are always images of rooms in a home. After awhile, this is less and less compelling if you’re hoping to experience a new streak of genius.


Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. 

To teach you how to do so we are going to make a decorating list using the image above. We call it “rainbow valley” for obvious reasons and it offers wonderful inspiration for a room in your home. If you happen to be a novice, then you’re sure to love the bullet point presentation of the information because it makes learning this inspirational technique a breeze!


The color pallet: Moss Green, Royal Blue, Pink Carnation, Berry Purple

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all medium to dark saturation which means none of them are near the lighter part of the color spectrum, and because the tones have similar vibrancy they have equal presence. This means no one color dominates despite the fact that they’re all rather bold. 
  • The blue and green are pure hues found on the color wheel, so they are settling and predictable which makes them well juxtaposed alongside the specialty colors such as “pink carnation” and “berry purple.”

What finishes or textures would we suggest?

  • Dark brown wood – mix and match species; floors, furniture.
  • Cotton textiles – ex. curtains, table cloth.
  • Soft, fluffy rugs with high pile.
  • Plants and trees – indoor species or fake, evergreen, bonsai tree.

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • We really love this design scheme for a child’s space because it offers the vibrancy that is often preferred in kids’ spaces, but it also looks more sophisticated than the primary colors that are more commonly used.
  • Artist’s studio, for obvious reasons. 

Complimentary vs. Analogous

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When choosing color schemes it can be useful to help yourself and use a color wheel to determine what will work best for your home. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing too many color schemes in the beginning—this will only end up cluttering your final vision and may cause indecision down the road. Stick to two or three color schemes you truly feel best about, and stick with those as a jumping off point.


There are two different types of color schemes that you will work with when choosing which is best for your space. What space you are decorating will be very important in deciding which of the two color schemes is going to work for which rooms. Of course, if you feel inspired by one and it is not recommended for the room you imagined it in, feel free to explore your creativity and see where your color scheme takes you! You never know when the unexpected will pleasantly surprise you.


The first type of color scheme is the complementary color scheme. Complimentary describes colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Color combinations such as blue and orange, purple and yellow or red and green. However, this is only a loose guide—for instance if you choose green and red you do not have to go with the “traditional” hues of green and red.


Play with shades of each color such as lighter green accents mixed with red and pink accents. Or you could use a soft coral orange in tandem with a beautiful iris hue. The key is that they are in the same family, not that they are exactly that shade.


The second type of color scheme is the analogous color scheme. These are colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. These color schemes tend to feel more muted because they are colors that will match closely with one another, offering a more soothing environment because of the cohesion the analogous colors provide.


Analogous colors bring the room together and don’t make your eye work to understand the color scheme in a complex manner. These colors simply flow to your mind’s eye. This color scheme will work best in rooms where you wish to recharge and rest. Places like bedrooms, family rooms and even kitchens will work well with these types of color schemes.


If you have any questions about your decorating, feel free to ask or browse our website for ideas and inspiration!

The Modern Bedroom

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Designing with the intention of creating a modern look to your bedroom is sometimes difficult to imagine, especially if this is your first foray into modern interior design. Don’t let this deter you—with the right guidance and your own inspiration you can breathe new life into your bedroom and make it a place worthy of more than just sleeping.  


There are many different ways you can create a modern statement in your bedroom and build out the rest of your design from this statement piece. For example, a large, structured, geographic chandelier can add drama to your bedroom and act as the centerpiece. Once the main focal point in the room has been decided upon, the rest of your design will follow. If your chandelier is made of glass and metal this might lead to a smattering of glass vases and metal bedroom furniture to accent.


Accent walls are another great way to give your design a jumping off point and there are several ways of doing this. You could try to create a modern look by using neutrals in a geometric fashion along the wall behind your bed. Alternatively you can try using little to no color in the rest of your room except for a “pop” of color, for example a vibrant chartreuse accent wall that matches a couple of throw pillows and your bedside lamp. If you aren’t feeling like paint is what inspires you try imagining a wall that is paneled with wood. This is a great way to bring both a modern and rustic look to your bedroom.


Floor choice is another important aspect of your room design.  Wood floors have a classic look and feel, but can easily fit into a modern design scheme.  A dark wood finish is a wonderful choice for a modern floor – for instance this hickory finish on Orchard Fields by Mohawk.  


The final touch to your modern inspired bedroom is to focus on soft lighting. You want to be able to relax in your bedroom.  Harsh lighting can not only ruin your design efforts, but strain your eyes or even make it difficult to fall asleep. What you choose for lighting will depend greatly on what type of statement piece you chose to base your room’s design off of. Look for lighting that uses soft, indirect light that can be adjusted based on your needs.


Using a focal point in your room and using that to inspire the rest of your room’s design is a great way to keep your design focused and edited, while still feeling inspired and fresh. 

No-Sew Easy Fleece Pet Bed

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This project is so easy you’ll wonder how you didn’t think of it first. If you’re the queen of the sewing machines then this might not be for you. For those without the ability to master a needle and thread though, this will seem like pure genius. It’s also incredibly affordable – bonus!

This project is a breeze and it allows you to use fabric with a design you love. Start by using tape to mark the floor with the measurements you’ll need. Create a rectangle and mark the four corners. The dimensions should allow plenty of comfy space for your pet, as well six extra inches on all sides. Don’t forget that dogs and cats stretch out while they’re sleeping, just like we do, so account for the size of your pet when ‘zonked out!’

Next, purchase two pieces of fleece fabric that are identical in size. These will be the top and the bottom of the bed. Lay one on top of the other on your workspace (the floor might be easiest,) and cut 2×6 inch strips along every side. Strips are six inches long and two inches wide with approximately one inch between them.

Then, on three sides, tie the strips together using one from the bottom piece of fleece and one from the top piece. This is what replaces the need to sew seams. Fill with plenty of poly filling so that the bed is fluffy and comfortable. Last, tie the fourth side closed.

Not only is the project easy, it’s cheap enough to make cushions for all the rooms in the house where your critter spends time. With so many patterns available in fleece, you’re likely to find a design that looks perfect in your beautiful room. If you have kids, though, watch out! They’re sure to like the bed as much as your pet does. In that case, you might need to make two for every room. Or settle for a kiddo who still looks cute, despite being adorned with pet hair!

Color Pallet: Inspired By a Simple Table Setting

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s a simple table setting at a restaurant, so your first inclination might be to mimic the table setting at your next dinner party. We suggest using as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

To teach you how to do so, we are going to break down the elements of the design that make it appealing. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning this inspirational technique a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each style aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Jet Black, Dark Brown, Camel Brown, Daisy Yellow, Light Forest Green, Grass Green, Punchy Pink Lemonade


What makes the colors work well together?

  • Pink and green are complimentary, and the natural green hues allow the yellow to pop without clashing.
  • The browns are well coordinated, also inspired by nature rather than synthetic colors.
  • The black is unexpected and thus interesting, while also being very sparsely used so as not to cause imbalance in the overall color plan.

What makes the design elegant?

  • Glass and crystal
  • It’s understated
  • Formal white linens

What makes the design approachable?

  • Simple wood furniture with clean lines
  • Plant life

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
  • Indoor porch
  • Kitchen

Color Pallet: Space Age Sitting Room – Orange and Gray

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Remember when everything on the cartoon The Jetson’s seemed far out and impossible? It’s sure been a wild ride ever since, with the dawn of the technological revolution! Along with that has been a transition into post modern decorating schemes that now look quite normal. Certainly this style existed in the past, as you may recall from the 70’s, but even then it looked rather futuristic. Now it just looks clean, simple, and chic. So if that’s your goal for a room you’re designing, read on!

To teach you how to achieve this sort of aesthetic we are going to break down the elements of the room into sections. It’s usually easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Light Steel Grey, Light Jade, Black, Camel Tan, Sunset Orange, Dark Taupe



What makes the room post modern?

  • Glass and metal
  • Very smooth, un-textured surfaces
  • Rounded corners
  • Sparseness
  • Gray, tan, orange color pallet.
  • Just one pop color, orange, rather than a complex color scheme
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They’re all warm.
  • Orange can be tough. This is simplified by spotlighting it rather than trying to coordinate it. It also packs a punch this way.
  • The green plants break up what could seem monotonous, and it works because it is an eco-green rather than a synthetic.

What makes the room seem comfortable and inviting?

  • The wood floor.

What would we change?

  • If you love this room but feel it lacks some panache, we’d definitely throw down a zebra patterned rug! But, FYI, it would change the vibe and slightly reduce the post modern element.